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Modelscapes of nationalism : collective memories and future visions

Author: Yael Padan
Publisher: Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2017]
Series: Heritage and memory studies.
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Modelscapes are clusters of miniature architectural models that represent entire environments. They're frequently found in museums as representations of heritage, architecture, and collective identity. This book offers a critical analysis of modelscapes, using case studies from Israel, to show how miniature representations of contested physical space participate in the construction of a sense of national identity  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Padan, Yael.
Modelscapes of nationalism.
Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2017]
(OCoLC)980623256
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Yael Padan
ISBN: 9789048529018 9048529018
OCLC Number: 986526391
Description: 1 online resource (234 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Cover; Table of Contents; Preface; Introduction: Narratives into Objects, Objects into Narratives; What are Models?; Modelscapes; Case Studies; 1. The Qualities of Modelscapes; Models and Modern Modes of Perception; Visual Perception as a Product of Social Relations; Visual Objects as Makers of Culture; Historicizing Visual Culture; Contemporary Modes of Vision; Collection and Classification; The Model as Representation; The Copy; Model, Image and Text; Experience, Performance and Play; Models and Architecture; The Perception of Architecture; On Scale and the Body. Interior and Exterior Modelscapes2. Models and Modern Perceptions of Nationalism; The Perception of Time and Modern Nationalism; A Verbal Model: Utopia; Models and the Construction of Collective Identity in Modernity; Theories of the Emergence of Modern National Identity; Modelscapes as Representations of National Space; Modelscapes as Signifiers of National Identity; Time and Enclosure; 3. The Second Temple Model; Designing the Second Temple Model; The Model of Imperial Rome; A Serious Plaything; Authenticity; The Second Temple Model as a Representation of Archaeology. The Second Temple Model and the Protestant PerspectiveRepresenting the Past; A Vision of the Future; Relocating the Model; Who Visits the Second Temple Model?; Updating the Model; 4. Mini Israel; Mini Israel as a Theme Park; The Politics of the Miniature; The Politics of the Site; The Politics of Utopia: Planning the Site; The Politics of the Sign: Choosing the Models; The Political Economy of Mini Israel; The Politics of the Exhibition: Mini Israel at the Israel Museum; The Politics of the Model: A Partial Inventory; 5. The Valley of the Communities; Collective Memory and its Sites. Official Holocaust Memory in IsraelThe Valley of the Communities in the Context of Minimalist Memorials; Yad Vashem and the Mount of Remembrance; The Valley of the Communities; Designing and Building the Site; Remembering and Forgetting; The Memorial Ritual at the Valley of the Communities; Performance and Ritual within Memorial Monuments; Pilgrimages to Holocaust Memorials; The Linking Path March; Conclusions; Representational Modes; Bibliography; Index; List of Illustrations; Figure 1 --
The Second Temple Model, general view; Figure 2 --
Mini Israel theme park, general view. Figure 3 --
"Mini Israel": 70 Models, 45 artists, One Space (exhibition by Larry Abramson), 2006, installation view, Israel Museum, JerusalemFigure 4 --
The Valley of the Communities, by Lipa Yahalom --
Dan Zur, Landscape Architects; Figure 5 --
Bekonscot Model Village, general view; Figure 6 --
New York Panorama, general view; Figure 7 --
Model of Mont Saint Michel, at the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, Paris; Figure 8 --
The Second Temple Model, general view; Figure 9 --
Detail from the Model of Imperial Rome; Figure 10 --
The Hasmonean Palace, Second Temple Model. Figure 11 --
Second Temple Model at the Israel Museum, Aerial view.
Series Title: Heritage and memory studies.
Responsibility: Yael Padan.

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